Tottenham appear to have edged ahead of Liverpool in pursuit of highly-regarded forward Willian, with the Brazilian set to leave Anzhi Makhachkala before the close of the transfer window.
Anzhi have made all of their players available for transfer as they look to cut costs following two years assembling a squad of expensive pros on exorbitantly high wages.
Willian is the most valued asset on the books at Anzhi, and Tottenham or Liverpool would have to part with around £30 million if they harbour any serious ambition of secure his signature in the coming weeks.
The Telegraph claims Tottenham have already struck a deal with Anzhi for the 25-year-old, although Liverpool's offer may prove more lucrative for the Russian club, should they decide to accept it.
Liverpool are reported to have made bid which would afford Anzhi 50 percent of the profit from any potential sale of Willian in the future, but the Anfield club now face a race against time to sign the player.
Willian's performances for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last season established him as one of the most exciting players on the continent, and it is no wonder that Andre Villas-Boas and Brendan Rodgers are locked in an intense battle to sign him.
But what precisely can fans expect from Willian, should be join Spurs or Liverpool? Take a look at the video above…